Babyproofing a house is hard. You don’t even know how and when to start. Sure, you probably know that you have to baby proof the entire house, but you can benefit from knowing which specific areas that you really need to baby proof and at the same time, know how you can baby proof those specific areas. It’s easier to have a “plan of attack” this way. This way, you can baby proof your home one area at a time.
Babyproofing Your Outdoors
Surprised? Yes, you have to baby proof your outdoors as well. Your child can benefit from playing outdoors and getting a bit of sun, and you have to make sure that your backyard and front yard are baby proofed:
Here are some things that you should do:
- Remove toxic and dangerous plants.
- Cover your pool.
- Secure your fence.
Babyproofing your Living Room
You’ll be spending a lot of time in your living room so it makes sense to baby proof it. You can do so by doing the following:
- Use furniture straps and anchor bolts.
- Keep cords away from reach.
- Secure your fireplace by securing its screen and using edge bumpers for its edges.
- Cover all electrical outlets.
- Check if your house plants are toxic to children.
- Place lamps and other items that can easily be toppled over to safer areas.
Making Bedrooms Safer for your Child
All bedrooms should be baby proofed, especially the bedroom where your child is going to sleep in. Do the following:
- Use a crib that has fixed rails.
- Make sure that the slats of the cribs are not too wide.
- Keep suffocation hazards like pillows, blankets and the likes out of the crib especially when the baby’s asleep.
- Keep cords of blinds out of reach.
- Place thick carpeting on areas where your child may fall.
- Use cooler LED lamps.
Making the Kitchen Safer
Generally speaking, a kitchen is not a safe place for a baby or toddler. Make it safer by doing the following:
- Secure kitchen cabinets and drawers with locks or latches.
- Remove tablecloths and table runners so your child won’t be able to pull them.
- Store hazardous and dangerous materials out of reach and out of sight.
- Avoid placing traps and poison in areas accessible to kids.
- Make sure ref magnets are out of reach. They’re potential choking hazards.
How to Baby Proof a Bathroom
Here are some of the things that you should do:
- Keep medication out of sight and out of reach. Don’t take them when your child is present.
- Use a lid lock for your toilet.
- Use non-slip mats.
- Use spout protectors and knob covers.
Other Babyproofing Steps
As you can see, you have your work cut out for you. You have to know that there are other things that you have to do. Check out this infographic by ContractorQuotes.us for some more babyproofing steps. You’ll be surprised at how many you haven’t done yet.